Hundreds Stranded at Delhi Airport as Lufthansa Flights Cancelled
Germany’s flag carrier Lufthansa airline has cancelled 800 flights globally due to a one-day strike by pilots, resulting in around 700 passengers being stranded at the T3 terminal at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. Stranded passengers and their relatives registered strong protests last night at Delhi airport.
“An information was received at IGI Airport at 12.15 AM, in which it was conveyed that crowd has gathered on the main road in front of Departure gate no. 1 Terminal 3 IGI Airport. On reaching the spot, it was found that around 150 persons were present there and due to this traffic moment had slowed down. The crowd was demanding refund or alternate arrangement to be made for their relatives who were present inside the terminal building,” airport police said.
Lufthansa airline operates two flights from Delhi to Frankfurt and Munich, which were cancelled on Friday.
“On enquiry, it was found that two flights of Lufthansa airline were cancelled. LH 761 (Delhi to Frankfurt) having 300 passengers and scheduled departure at 2.50 AM and another Lufthansa flight LH 763 (Delhi to Munich) having 400 passengers and scheduled departure at 1.10 AM were cancelled,” said an official.
“Both the flights were cancelled by the Lufthansa headquarters due to a one-day worldwide strike of all pilots of Lufthansa airline for appraisals,” said Airport police.
Security concerns had arisen at the Delhi airport last night due to the movement of Lufthansa passengers at the terminal building following the cancellation of a Lufthansa Airlines flight.
“On enquiry, it was found that the crowd mostly comprised of family members/relatives of passengers of flight no. LH 761 and LH 763. When they were informed that the flights had been cancelled without any prior intimation they became agitated. The airport staff along with CISF handled the situation. The gathering dispersed shortly. Efforts are being done to make alternate arrangements for the passengers by the airline company,” said Tanu Sharma, DCP, IGI airport. (Source NDTV)